A friend sent this article to me and it is so “up my alley” I had to share it! 🙂 The article is about the most popular purple foods, and the writers saved the best for last – Purple Rice – (sometimes called black rice, which has a purple color when cooked or micronized.)
Eating any or all of the purple foods is a great idea, BUT for the sake of comparison….. It takes 60 POUNDS of our organic heirloom Thai rice (forbidden rice) to make just ONE pound of Micronized Purple Rice! But you don’t need to eats pounds of Paula’s Purple Rice, only 1-3 teaspoons per day. I’m not sure how many pounds per day of other purple foods you would have to eat to get the equivalent of just 1-3 teaspoons of Paula’s Purple Rice, but I’m thinking it would have to be a lot!
Paula’s Purple Rice is bio-available (easily assimilated into even the most resistant cells) with the heaviest concentration of anthocyanin antioxidants, plus amino acids, poly-peptides, and many other essential nutrients. Paula’s Purple Rice also acts as an “transport system” for other nutrients that you are consuming (including supplements), that otherwise would not be fully utilized by your body because of resistant cell walls and dying mitochondria. Because Paula’s Purple Rice renews the cells and “opens” the cell walls, other nutrients can be more fully absorbed and effective.
*PPR: “Knock, knock.”
Cells: “Who’s there?”
PPR: “Paula’s Purple Rice*. May I come in?”
Cells: “Certainly! We’re dying in here!”
PPR: “May I bring my friends, The Other Nutrients?”
Cells: “Yes! The more, the merrier!”
You can find even more science about Paula’s Purple Rice HERE.
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Start eating purple for good health: the science behind 2017’s new food trend
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According to experts from Whole Foods, who examined consumer behaviour globally across 465 stores, our plates are going to look very colourful this year, with purple foods in particular expected to fly off the shelves.
In an online statement, the health food company described the phenomenon as a “fast growing trend.” They said: “Richly colored purple foods are popping up everywhere: purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai, purple sweet potatoes, purple corn and cereal.
“The power of purple goes beyond the vibrant color and often indicates nutrient density and antioxidants.”
Matthew Plowman, a Nutrition Adviser at Cardiff Sports Nutrition, agrees that purple foods are full of natural health benefits. He said: “The benefits of antioxidants have long been discussed, but they are known to fight disease, keep you looking younger, reduce inflammation and are good for your heart – basically, why wouldn’t you eat them?”
Essentially, the darker the colour of a food, the higher the contents of antioxidants and nutrients will be, and the healthier the food. In fact, one health and nutrition study found that those who ate purple fruit and vegetables regularly often had a reduced risk of getting high blood pressure and low cholesterol.
Plowman also argued that the somewhat niche purple food trend is unsurprising, given how health conscious we are becoming as a nation. He added: “As a nation we are all becoming more health conscious. This could be partly put down to social media which has helped to raise awareness of health bloggers, nutritionists and dieticians who are sharing insights into their health tips and inspiring us to make better food choices.
If you want to try 2017’s colourful new food trend for yourself, then find out the health benefits of some of the purple fruit, veg, and cereals available on the market.
Purple Foods to try
Purple corn CREDIT: ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
Purple Corn is hard to get your hands on. It’s a grain that grows primarily in the mountains of Peru, meaning that it’s not readily available in most supermarkets. Your best bet of finding it is to look in health food shops, and specialized stores online.
According to Plowman: “Purple corn has one of the highest antioxidant contents… and while it may not be as healthy as purple fruits and vegetables, it has more benefits that it’s non-purple counterparts.”
Purple Sweet Potatoes
Purple sweet potato CREDIT: ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
While the standard sweet potato is packed with health benefits of its own, the purple sweet potato is even better for us. Also known as Okinawan potatoes, these brightly coloured spuds share the same taste as their orange siblings, but are also filled with anthocyanins, which aid digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Acai berry CREDIT: ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
Acai Berries have become all the rage in recent years, and now they look set to get even bigger (metaphorically speaking). The berries are found in some slimming pills, and while there are mixed opinions about whether this fruit can aid weight loss, science is clearer on the topic of its general health benefits.
“Acai berries are extremely good for heart health,” said Plowman. “They provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells, and lower the cholesterol levels in the blood stream. They effectively help to prevent blood clots, improve blood circulation and relax the blood vessels.”
Purple asparagus CREDIT: ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
Originally from Albenga, Italy, the purple asparagus is rich in vitamin B, which improves, skin, hair and nails. While this may not make you run to the nearest shop, the purple asparagus has also been praised for its laxative properties, and has been used used since the Roman times to improve bowel movements.
It’s also great for the immune system, as its rich in vitamins A, C and K.
Black [Purple] Rice
Black rice CREDIT: ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
Once described as the “forbidden rice” due to the fact it was produced on a much smaller scale than brown or white grains, black rice has a whole host of health benefits. It’s high in iron and vitamin E, which has been known to fight aging and combat heart issues, and it has a mild, nutty flavour.
Plowman noted: “Black [Purple] rice is by far better for you than its white or brown alternatives – its antioxidant level is around 6 times higher. Its even been found to outdo blueberries, which have been long considered the number one choice for antioxidant properties.”
Telegraph Media Group Limited 2016
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